Terms used:

Bar

A unit of music which is defined by the periodic recurrence of the accent. Such units are of equal number of beats.

Category

The name for each level of competition within a discipline.  Examples of categories are STAR 1, STAR 2, Pre-Juvenile, Juvenile, Pre-Novice, etc.

Element

A component that is part of a synchronized skating short program and free skating program.  Elements are divided into groups of difficulty.

Evaluator

An individual sixteen years of age or older who is responsible for assessing tests in the STARSkate program.  Evaluators are qualified to assess tests at or below a specified level (effective September 1, 2017 the lowest test level assessed by evaluators is Senior Bronze) in one or more of the STARSkate program disciplines.

Event

The name given to a group of skaters entered in a category.  There may be one event per category or several events per category depending on the number of total entries.  Each event is independent of the other events within the category. 

Events

The name given to a group of skaters entered in a category.  There may be one event per category or several events per category depending on the number of total entries.  Each event is independent of the other events within the category. 

Member

Member

 

Registrant

Run

A step or sequence of steps in which the free foot passes the skating foot before is it placed on the ice, thereby bringing the new free foot off the ice trailing the new skating foot.

Step

The visible tracing on the ice that is executed on one foot. A step is counted each time there is a change of foot.

Steps

The visible tracing on the ice that is executed on one foot. A step is counted each time there is a change of foot.

Overview 

Launched in 1970, the NCCP is a partnership between the Coaching Association of Canada (CAC), and more than 60 national sport organizations. The NCCP is Canada’s recognized coach training and certification program and serves a wide range of coaches – from those who introduce beginners to sport to those working with high performance athletes.

Skate Canada’s NCCP model is in direct alignment with the Long-Term Athlete Development (LTAD) model which allows coach training and certification to be specific to the development of an athlete as they progress through the sport.

Skate Canada NCCP has the following contexts which are represented in the model below.

  • Club Coach: CanSkate
  • Regional Coach
  • Provincial Coach
  • National Coach

Each NCCP context contains three steps to certification:

  • In-training
  • Trained
  • Certified

It is important that coaches understand the coach pathways to ensure all requirements and certification deadlines are met.

Most sport-specific NCCP courses are scheduled and delivered by Skate Canada Sections. For NCCP course or evaluation portfolio information, please contact your Section. For information regarding Multi-Sport modules, please contact your Provincial/Territorial Coaching Representative. 

picture of Skate Canada's NCCP Model

Picture of Skate Canada's NCCP Pathway

Picture of Skate Canada's NCCP Flowchart

NCCP Contexts

Club Coach: CanSkate

All aspiring Skate Canada coaches begin NCCP training at the Learn to Skate level teaching Skate Canada’s flagship program, CanSkate. The coach pathway is represented below. Club Coach: CanSkate Coaches are only eligible to coach the CanSkate Program.

Picture of Club Coach: CanSkate Pathway

Certification Deadline

Coaches have three years to certify as a CanSkate coach or have a Regional Coach In-Training status.

Pre-Requisites

  • Must be a Skate Canada registrant
  • Must be at least 16 years of age
  • Must have passed minimum one STAR 5 assessment
    • If you do not meet this requirement, please contact your Section Course Administrator for further details on how to take the Club Coach: CanSkate course.

In-Training Status

  • Successfully complete the CanSkate Coach Pre-Course Training Module.
  • Attend the three-day course including:
    • Successfully pass the on-ice assessment
    • Successfully complete all in-class assignments
  • Complete Making Ethical Decisions (MED) online evaluation

Prior to attending the CanSkate course, participants are asked to complete an online pre-course through Skate Canada’s eLearning site. This prepares candidates with a base level of knowledge leading into the course. The 3-day CanSkate course introduces participants to the basics of coaching, which includes and introduction to Long Term Athlete Development, Teaching and Learning, Communication, Biomechanics, Ethics, and all components of the CanSkate program.  Throughout this course, candidates will partake in an interactive learning environment and will reflect on their experiences as a skater and how they can transition into a coach role. Based on the following learning objectives, the CanSkate course will prepare coaches to:

  • Recognize factors that affect learning and relate to the Learn to Skate athlete.
  • Relate CanSkate skills to the three biomechanical principles introduced.
  • Evaluate CanSkate Skills- recognize errors and strategies to correct the error.
  • Identify all components of a CanSkate program and can lead a program with confidence.

Upon completion of the CanSkate course, participants may coach CanSkate and are required to complete the Making Ethical Decisions (MED) online evaluation through the Locker.

Club Coach: CanSkate Course Information

The CanSkate course is scheduled and delivered by each Section individually. Frequency of courses are offered by demand- please contact your Section Course Administrator

  • CanSkate pre-course fee:            free
  • CanSkate course fee:                 varies by Section 
  • Making Ethical Decisions:           free through the locker with a CanSkate In-training status.

 Trained Status

  • Must be a registered Skate Canada Coach, in good standing.
  • Successfully complete the CanSkate Trained Evaluation Portfolio

The CanSkate Trained Evaluation Portfolio provides a platform for coaches to display their ability to coach at the Learn to Skate level. Coaches are encouraged to gain some experience coaching CanSkate or mentor with another coach prior to submitting this portfolio. To assist with coach development, the portfolio consists of the following components: 

  • Mentor coach Interview
  • Lesson plan activity
  • Submission of two technical video lessons at the CanSkate level
  • Emergency Action Plan (EAP)

Club Coach: CanSkate Trained Evaluation Portfolio Information

When a coach is ready to submit the Trained Portfolio, please contact your Section Course Administrator

  • CanSkate Trained Evaluation Portfolio marking fee: $60

 Upon successful completion of the CanSkate Trained Evaluation Portfolio, coaches have the option to bypass the Club Coach: CanSkate certification to continue in the NCCP to the Regional Coach training.

Certified Status

  • Must be a registered Skate Canada Coach, in good standing.
  • Successfully complete the CanSkate Coach Certified Evaluation Portfolio

 The CanSkate Certified Evaluation Portfolio provides a platform for coaches to display their ability to lead a CanSkate session. To assist with coach development, the portfolio consists of the following components: 

  • CanSkate program analysis
  • Video analysis of the coach’s CanSkate program in action.
  • Emergency Action Plan (EAP)

Club Coach: CanSkate Certified Evaluation Portfolio Information

When a coach is ready to submit the Certified Portfolio, please contact your Section Course Administrator

  • CanSkate Certified Evaluation Portfolio marking fee:   $60

Regional Coach

The Regional Coach Program prepares coaches to develop skaters at the Learn to Train stage in figure skating. Specifically, this context focuses on the STAR 1-5 program which is designed to prepare skaters for success at Learn to Compete. Regional Coaches are qualified to coach all Skate Canada figure skating programs and levels. The coach pathway is represented below.

Certification Deadline

Coaches have three years to certify as a Regional Coach or earn a Provincial Coach In-Training status.

 Pre-Requisites

  • Must have a Club Coach: CanSkate Trained or Certified status
  • Must be either a registered Skate Canada coach in good standing or a Skate Canada registrant
  • Must have meet one of the following:
    • Have passed one complete Senior Bronze Test (STAR 6)
  • OR
  • Have passed STAR 5 Freeskate assessment and one additional STAR 5 Assessment 

In-Training Status

  • Successfully complete the Regional Coach Pre-Course Training Module.
  • Attend the three-day course

Prior to attending the Regional Coach course, participants are asked to complete an online pre-course through Skate Canada’s eLearning site. This prepares candidates with a base level of knowledge leading into the course. The 3-day Regional Coach course builds on coach concepts and topics introduced in CanSkate preparing coaches to venture into their own coaching business. Focusing on the Learn to Train stage of Long Term Athlete Development, the Regional Coach course dives deeper into Biomechanics, skill analysis and skill technique.  Coaches are introduced to the STAR 1-5 program and explore the process of assessment. Based on the following learning objectives, the Regional Coach course will prepare coaches to:

  • Recognizing correct technique through element analysis.
  • Distinguish the best strategies to train and develop skaters at the STAR 1-5 level
  • Organize, plan and execute a live session
  • Manage their business

Regional Coach Course Information

  • Regional Coach Pre-Course Module fee: free
  • Regional Coach Course fee: varies by Section

Multi-Sport Modules are available to be completed for futher development as a coach. These modules are offered by the Provincial and Territory Coaching Representatitve (PTCR) and cover a variety of topics. Skate Canada recommends completing Basic Mental Skills at the Regional Coach level. As a coach progresses through Skate Canada’s NCCP, Multi-Sport modules will be a requirement of the Coach Pathway.

 Trained Status

  • Must be a registered Skate Canada coach, in good standing.
  • Successfully complete the Regional Coach Trained Evaluation Portfolio

The Regional Coach Trained Evaluation Portfolio provides a platform for coaches to show their ability to coach Learn to Train figure skaters. Coaches are encouraged to gain some experience coaching or mentor with another coach prior to submitting this portfolio. To assist with coach development, the portfolio consists of the following components:

  • Coach philosophy
  • Coaching goals
  • Discovering eLearning
  • Mentorship
  • Submission of two technical lessons at the STAR 1-5 level
  • Weekly session plan.

Regional Coach Trained Evaluation Portfolio Information

All submissions will be accepted electronically in PDF format through the e-Learning site.

  • Log into Skate Canada Membership site
  • Click eLearning on the top bar
  • Scroll down and click Skate Canada programs on the eLearning Site.
  • Click on National Coaching Certification Program
  • Regional Coach Trained Portfolio Submission
  • You will be prompted to pay an $105 evaluation fee prior to entry
  • Ensure portfolio is in fillable Portfolio Template
  • Submit for marking
  • Please allow 4-weeks for marking.

Upon successful completion of the Regional Coach Trained Evaluation Portfolio, coaches have the option to bypass the Regional Coach certification to continue in the NCCP to the Provincial Coach training and earn an In-Training status.

 Certified Status

  • Must be a registered Skate Canada coach, in good standing.
  • Successfully complete the Regional Coach Certified Evaluation Portfolio

The Regional Coach Certified Evaluation Portfolio provides a platform for coaches to display their ability to coach Learn to Train/Learn to Compete figure skaters. To assist with coach development, the portfolio consists of the following components: 

  • Submission of two technical lessons
  • Submission of an on or off-ice class
  • Yearly plan
  • Discover eLearning

Regional Coach Certified Evaluation Portfolio Information

When a coach is ready to submit all components of your Regional Coach Certified Portfolio, please email Kaitlan Lavis, Coach Development Coordinator at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request an evaluator.

  • Regional Coach Certified Evaluation Portfolio marking fee: $105

Primary STARSkate Evaluation Portfolio

This portfolio will be phased out as of September 1, 2018. After this date, coaches will be transitioned into the new Regional Coach Pathway.

Provincial Coach

The Provincial Coach Program (formerly Intermediate STARSKate/Provincial Coach – ISPC) gives coaches a taste of coaching all skating disciplines. Focusing on the Learn to Compete stage of LTAD coaches dive deeper into the importance of yearly planning and athlete management. The coach pathway is represented below. This NCCP context is next to be revised by Skate Canada. Change is coming. 

Picture of Provincial Coach Pathway

Pre-Requisites

  • Regional Coach Trained or Certified status
  • Must be either a registered Skate Canada coach in good standing or a Skate Canada registrant

Trained Status

  • Complete the Provincial Coach Home Study Guide
  • Attend the Sport Science Course and complete the required workbook
  • Attend the Stroking and Skating Skills course and complete the required workbook
  • Attend the Singles course and complete the required workbook
  • Attend the Dance course and complete the required workbook
  • Attend the Pairs and Synchronized skating course and complete the required workbooks

Coaches must attend and complete all discipline courses and required workbooks to earn a Trained status. Please note that courses are not recorded in the Locker until the workbooks are completed. As we transition this program, coaches who have completed the Sport Science and Stroking and Skating Skills requirements (course and workbook) will be granted an In-training status. Coaches who have completed all discipline courses and workbooks will earn a Trained status.

Certified Status

  • Must be a registered Skate Canada coach, in good standing
  • Successfully complete the Provincial Coach Certified Evaluation Portfolio which includes:
    • Submission of a technical lesson at the pre-novice level
    • Submission of a stroking lesson or skating skills lesson at the pre-novice level
    • Submission of a video analysis and music CD of a pre-novice skater/team whose program you have designed or choreographed

National Coach

The National Coach Program is designed for coaches working with Learn to Compete and Train to Compete athletes who will acquire the necessary skill set to improve athlete performance in preparation for provincial, national, and in some cases international competitions. 

Picture of National Coach Pathway

Pre-Requisites

  • Should be Provincial Coach trained or certified prior to attending the sport-specific training.
  • Must be either a registered Skate Canada coach in good standing or a Skate Canada registrant

In-Training Status

  • Attend Analyze Technical and Tactical Performance (ATTP) course
  • Complete ATTP workbook successfully

In a multi-skating discipline environment, the ATTP 2-day course prepares coaches to refine advanced figure skating skills and strategize plans for helping their athletes reach their full potential. At the ATTP course, coaches will analyze technical skills at the novice-senior competitive levels. Based on the following learning objectives, the ATTP course will prepare coaches to:

  • Analyze technical and tactical performance by observing and defining key factors that influence competitive performance
  • Analyze technical and tactical performance by applying the principles of motion to detect and correct key performance factors
  • Identify strategies to monitor and evaluate technical and tactical performance
  • Implement and assess the effectiveness of corrections

Course Information

The ATTP course will be offered annually by Skate Canada in conjunction with the National Ice Summit. This course may also be offered by your Section provided there is enough interest. For further information, contact us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or your Section Course Administrator

  • Suggested course fee:           $250
  • Video lesson marking fee:      $50 
  • Video lesson re-marking fee:  $50

Access to the National Coach Toolkit on Info Centre will be provided once you register for this course. In the meantime, interested coaches may review the ATTP Reference Material.

Trained Status

  • Successfully complete all required Multi-Sport modules

From Club Coach to National Coach, multi-sport training is key to the development of our coaches. By the time you reach National Coach level, all of the following multi-sport training modules must be completed to obtain a NC trained status:

  1. Make Ethical Decisions (Competition-Development)
  2. Managing Conflict
  3. Coaching and Leading Effectively
  4. Developing Athletic Abilities
  5. Prevention and Recovery
  6. Psychology of Performance
  7. Leading Drug-free Sport
  8. Advanced Practice Planning
  9. Manage a Sport Program
  10. Performance Planning

For further information, please review the following overview and module descriptions and contact a Provincial and Territorial Coaching Representatives (PTCR) to get started. Depending on the module, multi-sport training may be done in-person, on-line, or by correspondence. Please inquire with the PTCR in your area. 

 Certified Status

  • Successfully complete National Coach Evaluation Portfolio
  • Successfully complete two evaluation observations in a practice and competition environment.

Skate Canada has aligned the National Coach certification requirements with LTAD program philosophies at the competition-development level. To certify at this level, it is required that coaches work with novice-senior competitive athletes in at least one skating disciplines – singles, ice dance, pair skating or synchronized skating. National Coach evaluation will include a portfolio submission, online evaluations, and two observations done to determine your competency to manage your athletes while training and at a competition.

Step 1 - Coach Portfolio 

The coach portfolio is a compilation of tasks that will be reviewed by a Skate Canada National Coach Evaluator. It is comprised of the following six elements and must be completed prior to the one-hour training observation as a way to provide evidence that the you are ready to successfully meet the required evaluation standards.

  1. Complete the following three online multi-sport evaluation modules – coach.ca:
    • NCCP Competition-Development: Making Ethical Decisions (MED)
    • NCCP Competition-Development: Managing Conflict
    • NCCP Competition-Development: Leading Drug-Free Sport
    • Note: if you completed the multi-sport training of these modules, your evaluation modules will be free. Without the training, there is a $85 fee per evaluation module.
  2. Complete a yearly training plan (you may use the YTP template provided at the ATTP course or one you completed at Level 3).
  3. Describe your coaching philosophy.
  4. Submit a competition plan of your choice or use the template provided at the ATTP course.
  5. Submit information on an athlete tracking and reporting tool that you currently use or use the template provided at the ATTP course.
  6. Submit a program management and communications plan that you currently use or use the template provided at the Performance Planning / Program Management multi-sport module.

Once completed, coaches will need to complete the National Coach Evaluation Application Form, upload all of the portfolio documents electronically, and submit the $500 fee for the following evaluations:

  • National Coach portfolio evaluation: $100
  • National Coach training session observation: $200
  • National Coach competition observation: $200
  • Re-evaluation/observation fees may be applicable based on the areas identified as future strengths 

Step 2 - Training Session Observation

Once your portfolio is evaluated, your assigned National Coach Evaluator will contact you to schedule the 1-hour session observation at your club or skating school. The format of this observation will consist of the following:

  • Pre-brief (this can be done in-person, on the phone, or Video conferencing such as Skype, FaceTime)
  • 1-hour observation 
  • Debrief

The purpose of this observation is to evaluate your skills to manage an athlete in a training environment.

Step 3 - Competition Observation

Once your training session observation is completed, your final step will be to arrange for your National Coach Evaluator to observe how you manage an athlete in a competitive environment. The competition you select (qualifying or non-qualifying event) for this observation must include novice to senior competitive categories. 

The format of this observation will consist of the following:

  • Pre-brief (should be done in-person at the competition you select)
  • Observation of a competitive event at the novice to senior level
  • Debrief 

Action Plan 

Following completion of the Competition Observation, your National Coach Evaluator will create an individualized action plan with overall feedback and recommendations for future consideration. Upon finishing this program, you will also receive a Certificate of Achievement from Skate Canada.

Certification Deadline: Club Coach and Regional Coach

Effective date: January 1, 2016

Please note all coaches must abide by the most current procedure set around certification deadlines.

Club Coach: CanSkate Certification Deadlines

DEADLINE: A coach must have attained a CanSkate Certified or Regional Coach In-Training coach status within 3 years (maximum) from attaining a CanSkate In-Training status. No extensions will be given.

Regional Coach Certification Deadlines

DEADLINE: A coach must have attained a Regional Coach Certified status or a Provincial Coach In-Training status within 3 years (maximum) from attaining a Regional Coach In-Training status. No extensions will be given.

Coaches who exceed their certification deadline will be required to re-attend the NCCP course in the context in which they have exceeded the certification deadline for. Upon re-taking the course, coaches will have three years to finish the certification.

The Locker

The Locker is the Coaching Association of Canada’s Database which houses NCCP achievements for all coaches in over 60 National Sports. Every coach who has taken NCCP training has their own profile which is unique to their individual NCCP number. As a Skate Canada coach, it is important that you visit your Locker on to ensure proper status is captured. Through the Locker Profile, certified coaches can also track and manage their Maintenance of Certification

Accessing your Locker

  1. Go to Coaching Association of Canada website (coach.ca)
  2. Go to “The Locker” located top right hand side
  3. To login: Either your NCCP # or your email address

If you do not have your NCCP # you can access “Lookup my NCCP#”

If you have forgotten your password you can use “Forgot my password”

PLEASE NOTE: If there is an ATTENTION showing in your locker please contact CAC at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to obtain access to your locker

Description of Headings in the Locker

  1. Details: This has all your personal information, please ensure that all information is correct and that you indicate that you wish to receive emails from the CAC. The CAC provides many Multi-Sport modules that you can take to obtain PD points.
  2. Certification:
    1. Transcripts: Outlines your NCCP achievements
    2. Maintenance: Outlines the dates of your Maintenance of Certification 3 year cycle as well as the points accumulated.
    3. Coach Developer: Outlines the pathway to become a Coach Developer. Skate Canada selects coach developers through an application process upon revision of an NCCP program or as needed by a Section.
    4. Self Report: Where you can self-report Professional Development activities for Maintenance of Certification

Maintenance of NCCP Certification 

The Coaching Association of Canada (CAC) and Skate Canada recognize the value of having certified NCCP coaches that are engaged in professional development programs which reinforce the values of lifelong learning and sharing amongst the coaching community.

Skate Canada Professional Coaches with an NCCP certification are required to obtain professional development (PD) points on a three-year cycle. PD points can be earned through a multitude of activities that coaches already participate in, including: national and provincial conferences and workshops, eLearning modules, NCCP workshops, coach mentorship programs, sport camps, and active coaching. In most cases coaches are already earning PD points -- Maintenance of Certification is simply tracking these points and recognizing coaches for their efforts. Cycle dates are individual to each coach and are based on the date a coach has earned a certified status. From the date of certification, a coach’s 3-year cycle will begin the following January.

Cycle dates are individual to each coach and are based on the date a coach has earned a certified status. From the date of certification, a coach’s 3-year cycle will begin the following January.  For example:

  • Coach A achieves a Regional Coach Certified status on February 2, 2017
  • Coach A’s cycle will begin January 1, 2018 and run until December 31, 2021.
  • Coach A is eligible to collect PD points from February 2, 2017 until December 31, 2021.

Tracking of all PD points are kept in your Locker. To determine your cycle dates, as well as your required points, log into your Locker profile.

Coaches Membership Responsibilities

Skate Canada Professional Coaches with an NCCP certification are responsible for renewing their certified NCCP status to be considered a registered member “In Good Standing” with Skate Canada.

Should a coach not reach the required PD points prior to their expiry date, their status will become “not renewed” and would therefore be considered “Not In-Good Standing” and unable to coach on a Skate Canada ice or at competitions, until they fulfill their required PD points.

Coaches who hold an In-training or Trained NCCP status are required to maintain the necessary PD points of their last NCCP Certified, certification. (i.e. A National Coach In-training must maintain PD points required for Certified Provincial Coach)

Professional Development Points

The amount of points required per cycle is dependent on your highest certified status.

NCCP Certification Professional Points Required
NCCP Club Coach (CanSkate)-Certified 6 points
NCCP Regional Coach- Certified 12 points
NCCP Provincial Coach- Certified 12 points
NCCP National Coach- Certified 18 points

Note: Level 4 and Level 5 Certified Coaches must meet the PD points required of a Certified National Coach.

PD points are tracked in the Locker database.  All registered events put forth by CAC (i.e. Sport Leadership Conference), a Provincial/Territory Coaching Representative (PT/CR; i.e. Multi-Sport modules), Skate Canada (i.e. Ice Summit) or a Skate Canada Section (i.e. AGM) are tracked by the responsible host body. Skate Canada coaches are responsible for tracking PD points such as Active Coaching and any Self-Directed learnings in their own locker.

More information on active coaching and self-reporting PD activities can be found here

How to Earn Professional Development Points

Events that are organized by CAC, PT/CR, Skate Canada and Skate Canada Sections will earn you PD points. The following chart will give you an outline of the courses, seminars, eLearning, workshops, mentorship programs, and committees that can earn you PD points.

PD Category PD Activity Examples Number of Points Maximum Points Who Reports
NCCP Events
  • Attend a NCCP Course
  • Complete an evaluation portfolio
  • Complete CAC e-Learning modules
  • Get re-evaluated in an NCCP context
5 points No maximum CAC, PT/CR, Skate Canada, Sections
Sport Specific Non-NCCP Events
  • Attend Skate Canada's Ice Summit
  • Attend Skate Canada's Education Symposium
  • Attend SDC Workshop/Seminar
  • Complete Skate Canada's e-Learning modules
  • Attend Section Seminar
  • Serve on a Section Committee

1 point/hour

(3 points max)

No maximum Skate Canada/Sections
Multi-Sport Non-NCCP Events
  • Attend CAC’s Sport Leadership Conference
  • Attend a conference of other sport seminar/workshop offered by your Provincial/Territorial Sport Organization
  • Attend an event hosted by another National or Provincial Sport Organization

1 point/hour

(3 points max)

Up to 50% of your required points CAC, PT/CR
Active Coaching
  • Earn one point each year you coach and register as a Skate Canada Professional Coach
1 point per year

3 points maximum

(1 point per 3-year cycle)

Coach reports through the  

Self-Report tab in the Locker

Self-Directed Learning
  • Attend a post-secondary course
  • First Aid Training
  • Sport related community activity

1 point/hour

(3 points max)

3 points maximum

per 3-year cycle

Coach reports through the  

Self-Report tab in the Locker